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"...The report also provides specific recommendations for changes in Department of Corrections’ policy and practice that should be implemented immediately to prevent future similar tragedies..."

~Press Release, August 26, 2010

Press Releases

Press Contact:

Ed Paquin
Executive Director
(802) 229-1355 ext. 102
ed@disabilityrightsvt.org

September 2017

HRC has found reasonable grounds that the State of Vermont has violated the rights of a person with disabilities.

September 2015

Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT) announces the release of an Investigative Report on the Death of Annette Douglas on January 9, 2015 while in the Custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections.

View the full investigative report

September 2013

DRVT announces the settlement of litigation with the State Department of Aging and Independent Living regarding the Adult Protective Services system. Please see the links below for the full press release, published jointly by DRVT and Vermont Legal Aid, the Settlement Agreement and the Experts Report

DRVT/Vermont Legal Aid APS Press Release
APS Settlement Agreement
APS Expert Report

November 2012

DRVT Releases Post Election Program Evaluation
Post Election Program Evaluation Executive Summary
Post Election Program Evaluation

October 2011

Vermont State Police reached an agreement with Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT), Vermont’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities and mental health issues, regarding a change to the state police’s Electronic Control Device policy, commonly known as the Taser policy. (October 2011)

2010

Disability Rights Vermont releases its Investigation into the Death of Michael Crosby at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility on August 26, 2009. (June 22, 2010). (Click here to read the full investigative report)

Disability Rights Vermont releases its Investigation into the Death of Ashley Ellis at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in Swanton, Vermont on August 16, 2009. (May 27, 2010).(Click here to read the full investigative report)

2007

Vermont Protection & Advocacy releases its Investigation into the Transport by Law Enforcement Personnel and the Use of Metal Shackles on a Child With Disabilities for Purposes of Hospital to Hospital Transfer on November 3, 2006 (November 2007)(Click here to read the full investigative report)

Vermont Protection & Advocacy releases its Investigation into the Circumstances Surrounding the Injuries Sustained by a Youth While in the Detention Unit of the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility in 2006 (September 6, 2007) (Click here to read the full investigative report)

Vermont Protection and Advocacy, Inc., will release its death investigation report concerning the death of Michael Estabrook while in the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections at a 9:30 am press conference July 13, 2007 in Room 10 at the Vermont Statehouse (see full press release)(July 2007)

Free Legal Clinics for Vermont Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (May 2007)

ADD Update March 2007 Issue p.7 (March 2007)

Press Release regarding the Deaths of Neil Prentiss and James Quigley While in Custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections (May 2004)
(Click here to view the full report)

Press Conference regarding the deaths of Christopher Fitzgerald and Amanda Menei (May 2004)
(Click here to view the full report)

Press Release regarding the Death of Lawrence Bessette Jr. on May 22, 2003 at the Northern State Correctional Facility (February 2004)
(Click here to view the full report)